Monday, April 9, 2012

We are Home

It's funny how miles can carry us away and fling us so far from the lick-down bill envelopes and grocery lists of regular life that we almost forget their very existence.

Until that garage door lifts and the clutter and grit stands piled up around us and we're a little bit bummed to see that it's still there; yet also so very happy, because it means we are home.

We had such a great time in Tennessee. My thoughts carried a twang for a good four days running. I want to be Southern with a visceral fierceness. Or British. Either one.


The goblins peered up at mountains and ate snow cones dipped from a shady pick-up truck equipped with an Igloo cooler full of shaved ice and 6 pump-bottles of syrup in the bed. One "ice cream man" was shirtless. The other had a fu manchu. I wouldn't have believed it, except for the tinny ice cream truck music piped from a speaker in the cab.


I died a thousand deaths because my girl is drawn to plunging drop-offs. She was always hitching a leg overboard to see just a little more. It gave me the vapors.

(I'm real strong y'all.)





And just like that, here we are.

I whined that I didn't want to come back to Drearsville. This rental, it's getting under my skin a bit. From the passenger seat of the van, I pictured it dark and sunless. Tired and old.

You know what? It's plenty sunny in here.

There are groceries in the fridge and clean laundry in the dryer. I busted out the famous veggie pita sandwich for my lunch and it slapped me on the back like the old friend that it is.



So maybe I don't have to choose between vacation happy and real life happy. Maybe they were allies all along. There was never a contest.

Ask me again tomorrow when the temperature dips twenty degrees and the sun hides out in the way-back.

But for today? Home is kinda dreamy.

21 comments:

  1. It's so helpful for homecoming day to minor in dreary! I'm glad you're home safe - it looks like you had a great time! I'm from Tennessee and am still terribly partial to it :) Also? I'm more than a little jealous of your veggie pita. As soon as March breaks open I grow increasingly desperate for some fresh and color and crunch! Hope it's a good day!

    p.s. CUTE family photo!

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  2. I'm about to pin your strong picture. You are such an inspiration. I better lift some weights. And thank you for always reminding me to eat my veggies. Oh, also? I live in the south remember! My bed invitation is sounding even better now, eh??

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  3. Nothing worse than the return trip home....until your feet are firmly planted on familiar ground....oh and all the laundry is caught up! Welcome Home.

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  4. Welcome Back!

    I read the area above your littles as "Coblins Underpass"- yeah, my eyes aren't so good! I love that pic of your chitlins. They look adorable.

    Ruby's penchant for climbing over walls reminds me of Emerson who once RAN down a steep hill in our old front yard. He should have tumbled, but made it all the way down ON FOOT as I screamed. He was then deemed "Stunt Baby" for a few years. The kid had no fear for many years and it was terrifying.

    As I saw the pic of you holding up the rocks I said aloud "wow girl, you are strong!"

    I miss those stone walls all over that Tennessee has to offer. I miss the Cumberland River and I miss shirtless ice cream men. Okay. Truth be told, I do miss the former, but not the latter.

    I love vacations because I am completely without connection to the internet or my phone by choice. I just drop off of the grid and there's something very, very relaxing and rejuvenating about it.

    Hoping your Draperesque residence remains sunny & fab!

    xxoo

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  5. Oh you guys went to Rock City... Isn't the are beautiful? We've been there a a few times and it takes our breath away every single time.

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  6. I love your mus-cles.

    You have not seen an ice cream man until you find yourself aitting atop your Grandmama's pier with a pontoon headed straight toward you full-speed with the ice cream music blaring over the water.

    Amen.

    xxoo

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  7. My best friend used to get a case of the vapors all the time. I've got a real soft spot for people who get vapors :)

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  8. have you always thrown around "ya'll" like someone south of the mason dixon line? you do it so very well!!
    come on down my friend!!
    cute family shots even if little missy is trying to break free!

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  9. I have never been to Tennessee, so please let me go too the next time. I will be sure and bring some kind of pill for the anxiety, Ruby River would make me a nervous wreck! I thought the picture of Silas and Grandpa Clifford was so sweet. And I promise to eat anything but, grits.

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  10. I long for vacations and sunshine so that I can escape drearsville for a brief moment. This post made me happy. Also, I totally get you and understand you. We are all Olivia! Thank you for writing it. Thank you for continuing to write/blog. Funny cuz my gut reaction to those MissUnderstoods was to get immediately defensive. Thankfully Ive calmed down
    -julia, seattle

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  11. I'm one of those people who loves to stay away on vacation as long as I possibly can. Home is nice, but vacation is better!

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  12. there's just no place like home...or veggie pitas. swoon!

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  13. you do know the 'vapors' are gas do you not?:D must be all the pita veggies;)

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  14. I am laughing at your description of the icecream man.
    lord, you nailed it.
    shirtless man....shady pickup truck and a cooler full of shaved ice..yep, you nailed it.

    the only thing that would have made it more true is if the shirtless man had barely any teeth in his mouth. :)

    glad you guys had fun in TN....come to GA next time!!!! I'll give you the grand tour!

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  15. We LOVED Rock City! We were there last year! Looks like your little ones had a blast!

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  16. Rock City rocks! The kids look to be having fun. In one of my many scrapbooks, there is a photo somewhere of me holding up that same rock. But you are way cuter doing it than I was. The year was 1994, and, if I remember correctly, I was sporting a fanny pack.

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  17. Oh, I like the idea of vacation happy and real life happy being allies. And I also would like to be southern or British. I think southern people have better food, but the Brits have better accents. :)

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  18. : ) You ARE so strong.
    Craziness!
    Love the kids smiling and being silly. They are the best.

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  19. I'm from Tennessee and can attest to it's greatness! Even the grits:) my question - which is critical - where did you get those blue loafer shoes you're wearing in several of the pics?!? Adorable. And I need them. Okay want but badly :-)

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    1. We're still meesin' Tennessee!

      The shoes are actually gray and I just took them off. And they stink to high heaven b/c I wear them sockless. Cory keeps telling me to wear socks with them. HUH???????

      I got them from Target last Spring for around $15. Score!!!

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